Washburn football aims for Homecoming win vs. UCO

Courtesy: Washburn Athletics

Opening Notes
• Washburn will host Central Oklahoma on Oct. 24 as the Ichabods and the rest of the University celebrate Homecoming in Yager Stadium with a 2 p.m. kickoff against the Bronchos.
• Washburn is 46-42-1 all-time in its Homecoming games and has won 9 of the last 12.
• Washburn has never played Central Oklahoma for homecoming in Topeka.
• Washburn lost last season to Missouri Western on its homecoming on Oct. 18, 2014 40-14, but they are coming off a 21-7 win over the Griffons last week in Missouri Western’s homecoming game last time out.
• Craig Schurig is 9-4 on homecoming at Washburn.
• Central Oklahoma won the last meeting with the Ichabods 35-26 on Oct. 25, 2014 in Edmond.
• The Ichabods are 4-3 this season while the Bronchos are 2-5 entering the game coming off a 45-42 shootout loss to Central Missouri last time out.

‘Bods and Ends
• The Ichabods are 2-2 against the Bronchos with each team winning on its home field in all four meetings.
• The Ichabods won the last meeting in Topeka 28-19 on Sept. 28, 2013.
• The 57 carries by the Ichabods against Missouri Western last time out was the most by a Craig Schurig-coached team since recording 60 against the Griffons on Sept. 29, 2007 in a 31-24 win.
• For the second-straight week, an Ichabod recorded two interceptions in the same game as Cody Heiman picked off two Missouri Western passes returning one for a touchdown. Against Fort Hays State, Alec Steuber had two interceptions.
• Washburn improved to 84-5 under Craig Schurig when leading at the end of the third quarter in the win against Missouri Western and they improved to 27-0 when holding an opponent to under 10 points.
• Washburn is sixth in the MIAA in interceptions with nine returning two of them for touchdowns.
• Washburn is 10th in the MIAA in penalties averaging 80.6 yards per game after being called for 62 penalties. Central Oklahoma is seventh in penalties recording 61.3 yards per game. Washburn opponents are averaging 58.7 yards per game in penalties this season while Bronchos opponents are averaging 51.0 yards per game in penalties.
• Against Missouri Western the Ichabods ran 17 plays on the final drive of the game running 8:04 off the clock holding the ball for 10:38 of the quarter overall allowing the Griffons to run only nine plays.
• The 17-play, 81-yard drive for the Ichabods was the longest drive for a Washburn team since a 17-yard play series against Missouri Southern on Sept. 26.
• The 8:04 in time of possession on the drive against Missouri Western was the longest since a 7:55 drive against Emporia State on Nov. 1, 2014 on a 16-play, 80 yard drive the Ichabods turned into a field goal.
• The Ichabods’ longest touchdown rush has been three yards this season. Hayden Groves has two 3-yard runs with one against Fort Hays State and one against Missouri Southern and Mickeel Stewart has a 3-yard run against Fort Hays State.
• Washburn was 10 of 21 on third down conversions against Missouri Western and 2 of four on fourth down.
• Washburn is fourth in the MIAA in third down conversions with a 41.9 percentage rate recording 54 first downs in 129 attempts while allowing opponents to move the chains 38.8 percent of the time converting 45 of 116 attempts.
• The Ichabods have wore six different uniform combinations in their seven games this season.

Coaching Staffs
Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig . . .
• was named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• is 95-61 (.611) in his 14th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• is 77-51 (.603) against the MIAA.
• has led the Ichabods to three NCAA Playoff appearances and two bowl appearance championships.
• led the Ichabods to the 2005 MIAA regular season outright championship.
• led the Ichabods to the program’s first 10-win season and their first NCAA or NAIA playoff game victory in school history with a win over Abilene Christian during the 2011 season.
• is Washburn’s all-time winningest coach with 95 wins.
• is 2-2 against Central Oklahoma.

Central Oklahoma head coach Nick Bobeck . . .
• is 14-25 record in his fourth year at the helm.
• was a four-year standout at fullback for UCO from 1999-02, serving as a graduate assistant for the Bronchos for three years (2003-05).
• was an assistant coach one year each at Texas A&M and Navarro (Texas) before taking over at Navarro in 2008, going 42-5 in four years there and leading the Bulldogs to the 2010 junior college national title.
• returned to his alma mater in January 2012 and UCO went 2-8 each of his first two seasons before improving to 8-4 in 2014.
• is 2-1 against Washburn.

Defensive Notes
• Linebacker Cody Heiman leads the team with 56 tackles (26 solo). He had a career-high 12 tackles against Central Missouri earlier this season and leads the team with three interceptions.
• Linebacker Alec Steuber is second on the team with 46 tackles and his two interceptions (both against Fort Hays State) are second on the team. Against Central Missouri he had two sacks and two forced fumbles against Central Missouri and recovered one while recording a career-high nine tackles. He returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown against the Tigers earlier this year. His three fumbles forced this season is tied for the MIAA lead.
• Safety Shay Wooten is third on the Ichabods with 45 tackles (18 solo). He has recorded 31 tackles on rushing plays and 13 on passing plays.
• Defensive end Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq has 42 tackles overall (18 solo) which is fourth on the team while his 6.5 tackles for loss for 16 yards is second on the team. Thirty-five of his tackles have coming on rushing plays. His 12 tackles against Missouri Southern was a career high.
• Defensive end Spencer Matthews leads the team lead with 7.0 tackles for loss for a team-high 48 yards and his 5.0 sacks for 37 yards leads the team. He is fourth in the MIAA in sacks.
• The Ichabods have nine interceptions as Heiman, Steuber and Dwane Simmons all have two and Zach Franklin and Jamie Myers both have one.
• Washburn has 38 pass breakups this season and they are led by Franklin’s 10.
• Austin Tillman had a career-high seven tackles against Missouri Western.
• As a team the Ichabods are ranked third in the MIAA in scoring defense at 22.3 points per game and third in total defense allowing 366.6 yards per game.
• On pass defense the Ichabods are ranked fourth in the MIAA allowing 201.1 yards per game while ranking fifth in rush defense at 165.4 yards per game.

Offensive Notes
• Derek McGinnis has completed 52 percent of his passing attempts connecting on 141 of 271 passing attempts with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He is averaging 260.4 yards per game passing … his 17 passing touchdowns are second in the league and was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week after the Pitt State game. He is third in the MIAA in passing per game and fifth in the league in total offense at 267.7 yards per game.
• Brandon Bourbon has 132 carries for the Ichabods for 547 yards and two score averaging 78.1 yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry. He is sixth in the MIAA in rushing yards per game.
• Hayden Groves has 89 carries for 408 yards and ranks 13th in the MIAA with 58.3 yards per game rushing averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
• Bryce Chavis leads the team with 36 catches for 572 yards averaging 15.9 yards per catch with a team-high six touchdowns. He is second in the MIAA in receiving yards and fifth in receptions per game with 5.1.
• Connor Crimmins has 16 catches for 177 yards and two scores.
• Anthony Daniels has 17 catches for 298 yards with three touchdowns averaging 42.6 yards per game.
• Wide receiver Jake Horner had season highs of five catches for 84 yards against Missouri Western including a long catch of 35 yards.
• Mickeel Stewart rushed 16 times for a season-high against Missouri Western for 61 yards.
• Senior fullback Sam Eickhoff had his first touchdown reception of his career against Lindenwood and his two catches against Pitt State was a career-high.
• Junior offensive lineman Michael Miller has made 29 straight starts on the offensive line.
• Washburn is seventh in the MIAA in scoring offense at 26.0 points per game.
• The Ichabods are fifth in the MIAA in total offense with 421.0 yards per game.
• Washburn is averaging 160.6 yards per game rushing which ranks seventh in the MIAA and the 260.4 yards per game passing is third in the MIAA.

Ichabod Special Team Notes
• Freshman Perry Schmiedeler connected on his first collegiate field goal attempt of 35 yards against Fort Hays State. He has 36 punts for 1,311 yards averaging 36.4 per punt. He is averaging 56.9 yards per kickoff attempt with two touchbacks. His 48-yard punt against Missouri Western was a season-long.
• Jaime Myers is averaging 11.0 yards per punt return on three attempts and Bryce Chavis is averaging 9.5 yards per punt return on eight attempts.
• Hayden Groves has 10 returns for 228 yards averaging 22.8 per return. Zach Franklin is averaging 24.9 yards per attempt on seven returns. Jake Horner has two returns for 40 yards and Jaime Myers has two for 35 yards.
• Freshman linebacker Derrick McGreevy is tied for the team lead on the Ichabods with seven special teams tackles with all of them coming on kickoff coverage along with Trevin Wiens who has six stops all of kickoff coverage.
• Jarvis Harrod has three of Washburn’s nine tackles on punt coverage.

Know the Foe
• Central Oklahoma is 2-5 and 2-5 in the MIAA after falling to Central Missouri last time out 45-42 snapping a two-game winning streak.
• Central Oklahoma leads the MIAA in time of possession averaging 32:56 per game in ball control offense and they are second in the MIAA in third down conversions moving the chain on 51 of 112 opportunities for a 45.5 percent average.
• The Bronchos are averaging 463.9 yards per game in total offense while allowing 445.1 yards per game.
• They are averaging 253.9 yards per game through the air and 210.0 on the ground.
• Clay McKenzie leads the team with a 106 yards per game average on 123 carries averaging six yards per carry adding seven touchdowns.
• Chas Stallard is rushing for 46 yards per game while completing 97 of 174 passing attempts with five interceptions and six touchdowns.
• T.J. Eckert is 62 of 93 with seven touchdown passes and three interceptions.
• T.J. Luper has 49 catches for 492 yards averaging 10 yards a catch and 70.3 yards per game.
• Malcom Howard has 93 tackles to lead the defense with six tackles for loss.

Series Facts with Central Oklahoma
Series Record: Tied 2-2-0
Streaks: UCO won the last meeting
First Meeting: WU 48-3 (10/15/2011) in Topeka
Last Meeting: UCO won 35-26 (10/25/2014) in Edmond
Last WU win: 48-3 (10/15/2011) in Topeka
Last UCO win: 35-26 (10/25/2014) in Edmond
Largest WU win: 48-3 (10/15/2011) in Topeka
Largest UCO win: 35-20 (09/22/2012) in Edmond

Series Notes with Central Oklahoma
• The Ichabods and Bronchos have only met four times prior to Saturday’s game.
• The home team is 4-0 in the series with each team winning the two games on its home field.
• The Bronchos won 35-26 in the last meeting on Oct. 25, 2014 in Edmond.
• Washburn won the last meeting in Topeka 28-19 on Sept. 28, 2013 in Topeka.

Last Meeting with Central Oklahoma
(10/25/2014) EDMOND, Okla. — The Washburn Ichabods started off with a 10-0 lead at Central Oklahoma but could not hold the lead as they struggled in the redzone in a 35-26 loss to the Bronchos.
The Ichabods jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a 20-yard field goal by Justin Linn, the first of his single-game tying record of four on the afternoon, on Washburn’s first drive of the game. Washburn stretched the lead to 10-0 when Zeke Palmer hit Jordan Hart on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter.
UCO got on the board on its next possession after the Ichabods recovered an onsides kick, but were whistled for offsides. UCO took advantage and scored three plays later on a 19-yard run by Jake Gandara with 1:51 to play in the first quarter.
The Bronchos (6-2, 6-2 MIAA) took the lead for good with a 90-yard drive on an 11-yard rush by Clay McKenzie. The Ichabods drove down to the UCO eight on their next drive, ut settled for a 25-yard field goal by Linn with 7:39 to play in the first half.
UCO pushed its lead out to eight on a 10-yard touchdown run by Gandara with 3:35 to play in the half. On the Ichabods (2-6, 2-6 MIAA) next drive down to the UCO 11, Linn hit a 28-yard field goal cutting the UCO lead to 21-16 before the half.
The Ichabods’ blocked a UCO field attempt by Calvin Kenney on the Bronchos first drive of the half and the Ichabods drove down to the UCO 6-yard line, but settled for a 23-yard field goal by Linn tying the Washburn single-game record.
UCO came back on its next drive and went down to the Ichabod 5-yard line, but they missed a field goal which was partially blocked by Kenney. The Ichabods drove to the UCO 41 and the drive stalled after a fake punt came up short and UCO scored on a 7-yard touchdown pass taking a 28-19 lead with 9:33 to play in the game.
Washburn came back with a 6-play, 77 yard drive when Zeke Palmer hit Connor Crimmins on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 6:56 to play.
However UCO returned serve with a 60-yd touchdown run by Chas Stallard pushing the UCO lead to 35-26 with 3:40 remaining in the game.
The Ichabods tied a pair of long field goal of 41- and 52-yards needing two scores but came up short on both as UCO would run on the clock after the final one picking up the 25-26 win.
Vershon Moore led the Ichabods with 154 yards rushing as Washburn rushed for 244 overall. Palmer finished 24 of 40 with two touchdowns and 249 yards and rushed for 44 more on seven carries.
Moore also had six catches for 34 yards and Hart had five catches for 89 yards and one touchdown.
Stallard had 158 yards rushing and added 112 through the air to lead UCO.
Defensively Kenney had eight tackles to lead Washburn and Peter Pfannenstiel had seven tackles with six solo stops and Shay Wooten had seven tackles.
Washburn had 28 first downs in the game finishing with 493 yards of total offense while the Bronchos has 22 first downs and 450 yards of offense.

Last time out for Central Oklahoma
(10/17/2015) EDMOND (Oct. 17) – Three costly turnovers ruined another magnificent offensive performance as Central Oklahoma dropped a 45-42 thriller to No. 24-ranked Central Missouri Saturday afternoon at Wantland Stadium.
The Bronchos lost fumbles at the UCM 10- and 25-yard lines in the first half and the Mules used a long interception return to set up a short scoring drive in the fourth quarter in rallying for their fourth-straight win.
UCO had a 35-26 lead early in the final period before the interception ignited a 19-point run that gave Central Missouri a 45-35 lead in the final minute. The Bronchos added a last-second score to arrange the final margin.
UCO, which fell to 2-5 on the season and in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play, racked up 400 of their 644 total yards in the second half behind a big-play offense that had scoring plays of 49, 55, 59 and 71 yards.
It was the fourth-best offensive game in school history and the second straight 600-yard outing after the Bronchos went for 661 in last week’s 55-21 rout of Missouri Southern.
Quarterback T.J. Eckert hit 31-of-44 passes for 421 yards – the third-highest game at UCO – and four touchdowns while adding 26 yards rushing for 447 total yards, the second-best effort in school history.
Wide receiver Myles Tease had the best game of his career with eight catches for 155 yards and a score, with running back Clay McKenzie adding 114 yards and a TD in 21 rushing attempts.
The Bronchos finished with 223 yards on the ground against a UCM team that entered the contest giving up just 91.8.
The Mules gained 379 of their 570 total yards in the final two periods.
Linebacker Malcolm Howard had a game-high 13 tackles, safety David Busby added 10 and tackle Kenny Allen had 1.5 of UCO’s four sacks.
Fumbles halted two promising drives in the first half before the Bronchos finally broke the scoreless deadlock on McKenzie’s 24-yard scoring sprint midway through the second quarter.
Central Missouri tied it late in the quarter and then added a 32-yard field goal on the last play of the half to go ahead 10-7.
The Mules added a 31-yard field goal to open the third period for a 13-7 lead and then the fireworks really started as the teams traded touchdowns and the lead.
Tease took a short Eckert pass and turned it into a 71-yard touchdown to put UCO up 14-13, but Central Missouri answered back with a 75-yard drive to go ahead 19-14 as Dillon Rice blocked the extra point.
Another long scoring pass – this one a 55-yarder from Eckert to Josh Crockett as Tease made a key downfield block – gave the Bronchos a 21-19 advantage and again UCM answered.
The Mules used a 90-yard drive to move in front 26-21, but it took just one play for UCO to respond as Greg Johnson got to the corner and jetted 59 yards down the sideline for the TD that made it 28-26 with 3:09 still left in the third quarter.
The Bronchos finally forced a punt and hit another big play when McKenzie took a screen pass from Eckert and maneuvered his way 49 yards to paydirt to push UCO’s lead to 35-26 early in the final period.
The defense forced another punt, but this time Eckert was intercepted and UCM returned it 42 yards to the Broncho seven to set up a short scoring run that made it 35-33.
The Bronchos went nowhere on their next possession and a short punt led to a 43-yard TD drive that gave the Mules the lead at 39-35 with 7:38 remaining.
UCO embarked on a ground-oriented drive behind the hard-charging McKenzie to reach a first-and-10 at the Central Missouri 17 in the final minutes, but four plays netted just four yards and the Mules took over with 1:09 left.
UCM quarterback Garrett Fugate broke free for an 87-yard score on the next play to push the lead to 45-35, with the Bronchos adding a last-second score on Eckert’s 19-yard pass to Connor Pulley.

Last time out for Washburn
(10/17/2015) ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Washburn Ichabods held the ball for the final 8:04 of the game picking up a 21-7 win over Missouri Western spoiling the Griffons’ homecoming.
After neither team scored in the first quarter, Bryce Chavis hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Derek McGinnis in the back of the end zone for the 7-0 lead. It would be all the scoring in the first half as the Ichabod defense held the Griffons to 135 yards on 27 plays while the Ichabods had 43 plays for 208 yards.
Washburn (4-3, 4-3 MIAA) increased its lead to 14-7 after Cody Heiman picked off a pass from TJ LaFaver and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Western (4-3, 4-3 MIAA) returned it 84 yards to the Ichabod 16 and would score four plays later cutting Washburn’s lead to 14-7 with 12:16 to play in the third quarter.
Two possessions later Heiman picked off his second pass of the game of the game returning it to the Western 49 yard line.
The Ichabods drove down to the Griffon 9, but the field goal was missed.
In the fourth, Chavis pulled down his second touchdown reception on a 46-yard pass from McGinnis with 10:09 to play going up 21-7.
After a three-play, five yard drive, Missouri Western punted and would not see the ball again as the Griffons ran 17 plays going 81 yards using the remaining 8:04 of the clock sealing the victory for Washburn.
Heiman led the Ichabods with nine tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions including 42 yards in return yards. Austin Tillman had seven tackles and Dwane Simmons had four tackles and an interception returning it 55 yards.
Brandon Bourbon had 78 yards on 22 carries on the ground and Mickeel Stewart had 61 yards on 16 carries and Hayden Groves had 17 carries for 52 yards.
McGinnis finished 12 of 25 for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
Jake Horner led the Ichabods with five catches for 84 yards and Chavis finished with 101 yards receiving on four catches and two touchdowns.
Overall the Ichabods had 414 yards holding Missouri Western to 245 yards on 59 plays while Missouri Western had 414 yards on 82 plays. In the second half the Ichabods defense held the Griffons to only 110 yards.

A win for Washburn over Central Oklahoma would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 534-568-44 in their football history.
• move the Ichabods to 5-3 on the season and in the MIAA.
• move the Ichabods to 3-2 all-time against the Bronchos.
• be the third-straight win by the Ichabods over the Bronchos in Topeka making the home team 5-0 in the series.
• move the Ichabods to 47-42-1 all-time on Homecoming.

A loss for Washburn to Central Oklahoma would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 533-569-44 in their football history.
• be the second-straight win by the Bronchos over the Ichabods.
• snap the Ichabods’ two-game winning streak over the Bronchos in games played in Topeka.
• be the first win by an away team in the series history with the Bronchos.

The win over Missouri Western last time out . . .
• lifted the Ichabods to 532-568-44 in their football history.
• moved the Ichabods to 4-3 on the season and in the MIAA.
• moved the Ichabods to 18-24-2 all-time against the Griffons.
• snapped a three-game losing streak to the Griffons and will be the first win over Western since Sept. 22, 2011 in a 41-20 win in Topeka.
• was the first win over the Griffons in St. Joseph since Sept. 29, 2007 in a 31-24 victory.

Washburn Football History
• Washburn is 533-568-44 (.484) in the 125th year of Ichabod football.
• The Ichabods have 12 conference titles with the last coming in 2005 in the MIAA.
• Washburn has had 126 first team all-conference picks and 44 first team all-MIAA selections.
• Washburn has had 78 all-American selections and 54 all-American picks since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 1989.
• Five Ichabods have been picked in the NFL Draft.

Ichabods in the National Polls
WACO, Texas — The Ichabods did not receive votes in this week’s poll after receiving votes in each of the previous three weeks. Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods have been ranked or have received votes in the AFCA poll 55 times and have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 15 times.

Up Next
Washburn hit the road for its next two games with trips to Emporia State on Halloween and then a trek to Tahlequah, Okla., to face Northeastern State on Nov. 7. Washburn will return home on Nov. 14 to take on Northwest Missouri in Yager Stadium for senior day festivities.

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